Fall sports

Greenwich High girls soccer team plays FCIAC foe Ridgefield to a scoreless tie

After defeating Darien on Monday, the Greenwich High School girls soccer team continued its strong play of late, dueling Ridgefield to a scoreless draw on Wednesday.

The visiting Cardinals earned a point with the tie and are 3-4-2 on the season, heading into Friday’s road game against Bridgeport Central. Ridgefield’s record stands at 5-0-4 following the tie.

“Ridgefield is traditionally very good,” Greenwich coach Simon Rumbold said. “They’ve always been a tough team to play against. They came out strong, but we were able to organize and ride the storm a little bit. As the first half went on, we created chances as well as defending really well.”

Junior midfielder Ali Pennella, senior forward Kelly Martyanov and sophomore forward Julia Acosta each registered shots on goal in the first half for Greenwich against Ridgefield. In the second half, the Cardinals were able to increase their pressure a bit.

“It was a good continuation of what we did against Darien,” Rumbold said. “The first 20 to 25 minutes of the second half, we had more of the ball in their attacking half. We had sustained pressure for the first 20, 25 minutes of the second half.”

Rumbold credited junior centerback Caroline Lawrence for having “one of the best games” she’s played and Pennella and sophomore Adriana Jones for also pacing the team.

“The team showed great character and organization to get a very valuable point against a very good Ridgefield team,” Rumbold said. “Hopefully against Bridgeport Central on Friday, we can continue our progression.”

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